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Communications Specialist

Seattle, Washington

The Bezos Family Foundation seeks a Communications Specialist for the team in Seattle, Washington. This role reports into the Communications Director. 

About the Foundation

The Bezos Family Foundation believes children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. Our programs and funding are guided by the science of learning and aim to transform how we support all young people to pursue their own path for success. 

About the Position

The Communications Specialist is a key member of the Communications Team responsible for elevating the Foundation’s partners and programs on social media, engaging audiences on digital channels, supporting updates to and maintenance of the Foundation’s websites, and assisting in building digital communications, including e-newsletters.  This person should be a savvy communications professional with a passion for social media and digital engagement, a demonstrated ability to create engaging content for varied audiences, and strong project and process management. 

Key Responsibilities

Social Media

  • Curate, create and execute educational and inspirational digital content across multiple social media accounts for the Bezos Family Foundation and its in-house programs, ensuring alignment to brand and messaging standards and that information is communicated effectively. 

  • Work with communications team and program teams to create and maintain social media editorial calendars aligned to overall communications goals.

  • Actively manage and grow communities on social media sites which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This includes replying to comments, questions and direct messages as needed, and proactive outreach.

  • Support digital advertisement strategy to broaden awareness. 

  • Help identify and contribute to compelling content in written, visual and video formats to support social and digital strategy in alignment with broader communication goals.

  • Work within brand guidelines to help create – or oversee creation of – persuasive images and visuals to help share information.

  • Utilize various analytics tools to track and share performance and recommendations monthly.

Website Maintenance and Email Content

  • Manage oversight of the Bezos Family Foundation websites—updating content, adding new sections, reporting on analytics, and documenting bugs or issues with website vendor.

  • Collaborate with communications and program teams to assist with creation and distribution of newsletters and emails using MailChimp and Salesforce’s Pardot.

Project Management & Special Projects

  • Maintain an organized system of tracking, monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects. 

  • Stay abreast of current trends; make recommendations for creative campaigns, developing organization presence on new platforms, and sunsetting presence on ineffective channels, as necessary. 

  • Work with communications team to explore and identify ways to integrate digital media into organization strategies and communications campaigns.

  • Willing to work proactively and flexibly to support other organization projects, as needed.

Required Experience and Education

  • At least five years of online communications experience, including two years of social media experience and/or content marketing. A Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Marketing, Digital Media or related field is preferred but not required.

  • Experience serving underrepresented and underserved communities and an understanding of the impact of institutional and structural racism and bias. 

  • Experience with and passion for written and visual communications, with a strong portfolio demonstrating ability to craft compelling digital content to drive growth and engagement tailored to different audiences and channels.

  • In-depth knowledge of social media platforms, social media management and scheduling tools, fostering online communities, digital media usability best practices and content strategy. 

  • Excellent collaboration skills with strong project management and attention to detail.

  • Experience with creating and identifying quality social media content related to education, parenting and/or youth advocacy is preferred.

  • Proficient in managing CMS content systems, building email templates and segments in email systems such a MailChimp, and SEOs preferred but not required. 

  • Well versed in using analytic tools like Google Analytics to inform content strategy and reach. 

  • Photography/design experience a plus, especially comfort in Adobe applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

  • Proficiency with AP Style standards.

Characteristics 

The successful candidate will possess these attributes: 

  • Deep conviction about the Foundation’s mission. 

  • Committed to ethical storytelling and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build and leverage collaborative relationships with team members at all levels and external stakeholders to achieve goals. 

  • Excellent ability to think creatively, to multitask, and to perform high-quality work in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Ability to build trust and strong relationships with team members, partners and stakeholders to achieve shared goals. 

  • Is nimble and flexible and can gracefully manage conflicting deadlines and shifting priorities while maintaining a perspective on long-term goals. 

  • Takes initiative, is resourceful, and demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to problem-solving. 

  • Can think strategically while remaining focused on the detail-oriented work of the position.

  • Is comfortable working independently and interdependently. 

  • Is exceptionally curious and can convert curiosity into tangible outcomes. 

  • Demonstrates unwavering integrity, ethics, and sound judgment; is conscientious of the organization’s brand and assets; can maintain the highest levels of sound judgement and confidentiality. 

This position description is intended to provide a general overview of the expectations and responsibilities of this position and may not include all tasks that may be assigned. As the nature of business demands change, so may the functions of this position. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

Location: Seattle, Currently Remote 

FLSA Classification: Exempt (salary)

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation: Salary dependent upon experience and skill set, midpoint of salary range: $105,000

Benefits: Excellent benefits

Eligibility: US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply. Work sponsorship is not available at this time.

Interested candidates, please apply directly here or email your resume to: lindsey@hanselltierney.com.  

The Bezos Family Foundation believes all children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. In honor of these beliefs, we are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment within our Foundation and with those we serve.

Program Officer, Education

Seattle, Washington

The Bezos Family Foundation is helping young people realize their potential by championing the science of learning and its application in everyday life. They ultimately envision a world in which all young people reach their full potential and meaningfully contribute to society.

Founded in 2000, they pursue this vision by making grants and by operating their own programs in their mission to invest in the science of learning and the experiences that youth need from birth to high school to pursue their own path for success. Their grants support researchers, educators, nonprofits, and others who are expanding what we know about how children learn, or applying that knowledge with ingenuity, dedication, and passion. These grants focus on the most rapid periods of development: early learning and adolescence.

Through a diverse portfolio focused primarily within the United States, they seek to make thoughtful investments in people and programs ready to take their work to the next level by helping organizations grow and expand their reach. They aim to provide support where there is the most need, whether that means an underdeveloped strand of learning science or an underresourced community. They love to support changemakers taking innovative risks, and they strive to partner with organizations that reflect the communities they serve.

The Bezos Family Foundation is currently seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer who will primarily focus on their Adolescent Learning Portfolio. Within this portfolio, they support research on learning and development in the adolescent years, with a focus on ages 9 to 18. The Foundation seeks innovative and catalytic investments that can help transform education systems, teacher practice, and school environments to best meet adolescent needs. The Program Officer will have the opportunity to help lead and shape the portfolio in meaningful ways. The Foundation also supports the dissemination of scientific insights to adults who engage with adolescent learners in school and beyond. They support a teaching workforce that reflects students’ communities and cultures, along with programs that recognize adolescents as co-creators of their learning and give them opportunities to practice leadership and contribute to effect change.

As a member of a team responsible for strengthening an established portfolio of grants, this person would help develop emerging investment areas of interest such as teacher preparation, support for rural districts, and youth/community-driven research; cultivate and steward new and existing grant relationships across a range of K-12 programs; and contribute to development and ongoing assessment of grant strategy. This position may also support a broad range of adolescent and early learning grant opportunities and partners as needed.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE PROGRAM OFFICER

  • Oversee and serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of grant partners. Understand partner organizations and their mission, context, goals, and programs

  • Review partner reports and grant milestones

  • Provide strategic support and thought partnership

  • Identify and help address any challenges

  • Share the partner’s work internally

  • Conceptualize, cultivate, and bring forward new investment opportunities aligned with Foundation priorities.

  • Develop investment approach and initiatives

  • Source potential grant investments

  • Conduct due diligence

  • Guide organizations through the proposal process

  • Make written and oral investment recommendations to Foundation leadership

  • Partner with the Foundation’s grants team, communications team, program teams, and other Foundation staff to effectively support grant partners, grantmaking processes, and all Foundation efforts.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of grant investment strategy, goals, and priorities.

  • Support grant strategy evaluation, analyzing investment impact and effectiveness, and driving ongoing Foundation learning and improvement

  • Provide research, background information and analysis on sector trends, potential projects, prospective and current grant priorities and partners, and investment goals

  • Cultivate and manage external relationships with experts, community leaders, potential grant partners, and colleagues in the field of philanthropy.

  • Maintain knowledge of sector trends and innovations. Track current events, issues, and publications with particular focus on early childhood education.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate brings deep commitment to the Bezos Family Foundation’s mission. They will be detail-oriented, willing to learn, and bring a collaborative style to the team.

Key Qualifications Include:

  • At least ten years of demonstrated experience in the K-12 education field (e.g., teacher, administrator, school support, ed tech), with knowledge of classroom and district practices, teacher education pathways, and/or education policy at a local, state, or federal level preferred.

  • A minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience with philanthropy or grantmaking.

  • BA degree or comparable experience that includes the ability to read, analyze, and synthesize complex material including research, government reports, and environmental scans; ground a point of view with evidence; and prepare compelling written summaries and detailed recommendations. Advanced degree (MA, M Ed, etc.) is preferred.

  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with colleagues and partners across diverse settings.

  • Experience in a community traditionally under-represented in nonprofit leadership roles, and an understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities, especially as it pertains to K-12 education.

  • Successful experience working on teams, seeking and integrating feedback, and flexibility to shift one’s point of view.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with budgets and measurement frameworks.

  • Comfort using technology, including mastery of Microsoft Office suite and database management experience. Salesforce experience is a plus.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and optimize resources.

Key Characteristics Include:

  • Possesses a strong work ethic with the ability to deliver results.

  • Takes a positive, professional, and proactive approach, particularly related to problem solving.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to build trust with external partners and strong cross-functional relationships across an organization to achieve common goals.

  • Sound business judgment and a skilled collaborator.

  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.

  • Unwavering integrity, ethics, and comfortable with an open and transparent work environment.

  • Innovative, resourceful, and conscientious of organization’s brand and assets.

  • Strategic thinker, ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization's overall mission and goals.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and take initiative to support changing needs of the team.

TO APPLY

Salary dependent upon experience and skill set, midpoint of salary range: $125,000.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs and Rachel Burgoyne of NPAG.

Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.

The Bezos Family Foundation believes all children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. In honor of these beliefs, we are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment within our Foundation and with those we serve.